Dior and Maria Grazia Chiuri Celebrate Femininity through Couture

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Seventy years after Christian Dior launched the New Look, his namesake fashion house has made history again. In January 2017, its first female artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, debuted her Spring 2017 Haute Couture collection in Paris. Inspired by Dior’s heritage, elegant athleticism and many definitions of femininity, Chiuri seamlessly combined streetwear – think denim and graphic tees – with sparkling embroidery, tulle and corsets. “I strive to be attentive and open to the world and to create fashion that resembles the women of today,” said Chiuri. “Fashion that corresponds to their changing needs, freed from the stereotypical categories.” With the work of strong creative women on our minds for our latest New York S2 exhibition, Now You See Me, we were especially drawn to the images of Dior’s Spring 2017 Couture collection taken by a group of five female photographers: Maripol, Janette Beckman, Sophie Carre, Lea Colombo and Chloé Le Drezen. The arresting compositions fully realise Chiuri’s feminist outlook. Click ahead to see photographs by Carre and Le Drezen. –Stephanie Sporn

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